Coronavirus: support for you and your learners

As the coronavirus situation continues to develop in the UK, we know your organisation will be thinking about how best to support your staff, volunteers and learners.

We’ve been working away on collating some useful resources and other valuable information to help you and your learners find the latest support and advice online. We will be keeping this page up to date all the time - please do let us know if you come across anything you think would be of use on this webpage by sending it to or calling us on 0114 349 1666.

Alongside this, our online learning platform Learn My Way continues to be available, providing a safe and easy to access route for people to build up the essential digital skills they need.

You can also fill in our survey to tell us more about your current challenges. This situation is changing rapidly, and we want to be able to work together with you to provide the support you need - and to understand what you’re doing to support your communities.

DevicesDotNow- request devices 

We're proud to be working with FutureDotNow on their exciting new initiative DevicesDotNow. The new initiative will target the 1.7 million households who don't have access to the internet and are digitally excluded as we face a socially distanced world gripped by COVID-19. You can read more about the project and request devices here

UK grants database- new COVID-19 grants tab

From feedback from our Network, we launched a grants database, featuring lots of funding opportunities across the UK from various different types of organisations. We've recently added a new COVID-19 grants tab, so you can access the latest opportunities all in one place. 

Webinar recording: Managing coronavirus as an Online Centre

Over 11 million people in the UK lack basic essential digital skills which means a significant proportion of the population are unable to access health advice and information online. If you couldn’t make it to our webinar, this is a recording which demonstrates how individuals can access resources online and learn how to video call their GP and their loved ones. We also hear about the challenges Online Centres are facing as an organisation to understand how we can help you further.



Resources for running your organisation online:

The Skills Toolkit- features Learn My Way and Make it Click

Helpful guides: how to set up a virtual coffee morning

Helpful guides: how to set up an online cooking club

Online Centres Zoom sessions (17 June)

Make It Click: How to keep your Zoom video calls safe and secure

Google digital garage webinars 

BT Skills for Tomorrow webinars 

Learn My Way: Using Government services online (video)

Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2020

AbilityNet - online services and support

AbilityNet webinars

CharityDigital- COVID-19 resource hub

CharityDigital - free online resource launches to tackle digital exclusion

CharityDigital: Podcast - supporting charities & non-profits before and after COVID-19

National Digital Conference: ND2020 Resilience (8-12 June)

Community Organisers - beyond the pandemic (5 part webinar series)

How to use Zoom like a pro- hidden features to try 

Charity Digital - Top 10 virtual fundraising event ideas for charities

100% Digital Leeds- digital skills and online safety (useful resources)

Business support network response to COVID-19 

Cranfield Trust- webinars for charities

Managing coronavirus webinar chat panel summary 

Coronavirus Gov.UK guidance for the charity sector

NCVO- Coronavirus resources and guidance

NCVO- involving volunteers guidance 

London charities- digital support access form

Coronavirus Tech Handboook

Slack- 3 months paid plans free of charge for charities

Make it Click resources - communicate with learners virtually

Digital Drive County Durham- digital support and funding opportunities

Digital Business Academy- short business courses 


Funding and support:

GovGrant - funding support available for businesses

Government unlocks £150million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October (GOV.UK)

£5 million loneliness COVID-19 grant fund (GOV.UK)

AVIVA community fund

Arts Council England- emergency fund 

Bank of Scotland Foundation - Reach programme

CAF coronavirus emergency fund

Charity Bank - emergency funding for charities and social sector organisations

Charity Excellence COVID-19 funder database

Citizens Advice: coronavirus- check what benefits you can get 

Comic Relief emergency funding

Greggs Foundation - Hardship fund

GOV.UK Find coronavirus financial support for your business

Hackney Council - coronavirus funding support

Independent Age grants fund 

National Lottery Fund- coronavirus community support fund

National Lottery Fund- community grants

National Lottery Heritage- emergency fund

Neighbourly- community fund 

UK Community Foundations- support for charities and groups

Thomas Wall Trust - Digital skills 2020 grants (12 June)

Mind- coronavirus mental health response fund 

Mental health response fund 

Morrisons Foundation - COVID-19 homeless support fund

Sport England: community emergency fund

Yorkshire Building Society- charity support fund

Virgin Money Foundation - Heart of the community fund

Grants bulletin for charities and businesses

Forever Manchester - community support fund

Quartet Community Foundation – South West coronavirus Response Fund

Cambridgeshire coronavirus Community Fund

Coronavirus Community Fund - North and East Yorkshire